It seems the trained monkeys who are indexing census, have invented a place called "Gland of Malta." Seriously:
|Birth Year:||abt 1793|
|Age in 1870:||77|
|Birthplace:||Gland of Malta|
|Home in 1870:||Castleton, Richmond, New York|
It's funny, but when I look at the link, I see "Island of Malta." Stuff like this really tries my patience.
But imagine my surprise when I found another record, this a death certificate.
This is what I found in the indexing:
|Name:||Not Named Smith|
|Death Date:||27 Dec 1916|
|Birth Date:||15 Jun 1845|
|Father's Name:||Frank C Smith|
|Father's Birth Location:||Kentucky|
|Mother's Name:||Agnes B Chinn|
|Mother's Birth Location:||Kentucky|
I mean, really, who goes through 71 years without a first name? No one. His name, Frank B. Smith is clearly written on the death certificate.
Now, if I am looking for a death certificate and I see something like "Not Named," I tend to skip over it, figuring it is a stillborn. Of course, a closer look shows that the Not Named is 71 years old and a closer look shows his name clearly written.
I still don't know whether to laugh or cry!
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